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« Reply #105 on: December 11, 2011, 08:26:25 AM »
Military Medal (GvR) - '74080 Pte J.H. Hopkins. 139/F.A. R.A.M.C.'
BWM & VM - '74080 Pte J.H. Hopkins. R.A.M.C.'

Medals mounted as worn by recipient.
Military Medal (F&F) London Gazette 29/8/1918.

James H. Hopkins came from Birmingham and served in WWI with 139 Field Ambulance R.A.M.C.
On 28th August 1918, it was announced in the London Gazette that Hopkins was to be awarded the Military Medal for gallantry in the field, which was likely for his actions during the German Spring Offensive in 1918.

139 Field Ambulance, Royal Army Medical Corps were formed in September 1915 (along with 138 and 140 Field Ambulance) and they were all attached to the 41st Division. They served in France and Flanders from May 1916 and were concentrated around Hazebrouck and Bailleul. However, in November 1917 they were moved along with five other Divisions to serve in Italy and took over a sector of front line behind the River Piave, north west of Treviso.

With the Italian crisis over in March 1918, they returned to Western Front just in time for the German Spring Offensive, and they remained there until the end of the war. The 41st Division also had the distinction of being part of the first BOAR in 1919, where they took over the left section of the Cologne bridgehead.

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« Reply #106 on: December 14, 2011, 06:36:25 AM »
WW1 GALLANTRY GROUP OF 3 MEDALS AS FOLLOWS:- 
WAR MEDAL & VICTORY MEDALS both correctly inscribed to 5135, PTE. E. BURLEY K.O.Y.L.I.   THE MILITARY MEDAL (MM) correctly inscribed to  242042, PTE-L/CPL E. BURLEY 5 YORKS L.I. 

NB. - HIS BROTHER'S medals (WILLIAM BURLEY of the M.G.C.) with DOCUMENTS AND DEATH PLAQUE are also being offered for auction - SEE MY OTHER ITEMS. 

EDWARD (TED.) BURLEY JOINED THE KING'S OWN YORKSHIRE LIGHT INFANTRY ON 11TH DEC. 1915 AND WAS GIVEN THE NUMBER 5135.  HIS NEXT OF KIN WAS GIVEN AS HIS FATHER, JAMES BURLEY and they lived at HIGH ST.  KIPPAX,  LEEDS. 

HE WAS PROMOTED TO L/CPL ON 2/6/1916.  IT WASN'T UNTIL 14/01/1917 THAT HE JOINED THE B.E.F. IN FRANCE WITH THE 2/5 YORKS L.I. 

IT WAS WHILE HE WAS IN THE TRENCHES WITH 'C' COMPANY ON 13th MARCH 1917 THAT TED WAS ORDERED TO  TAKE 3 GUNNERS AND A PARTY OF BOMBERS TO AN ADVANCED POSITION TO ENGAGE THE ENEMY.  AFTER SOME TIME, WHEN TED AND HIS MEN DID NOT REAPPEAR,  A SEARCH COULD NOT DETERMINE WHAT HAD HAPPENED TO THEM.   A LONG AND POIGNANT LETTER FROM A COMRADE TO TED'S FATHER RECOUNTS THAT THEY COULD ONLY ASSUME THAT THEY MAY BE PRISONERS OF WAR WHEN THEY WERE NOT NOTED WITH THE SLAIN.  THIS LETTER AND MANY OTHER DOCUMENTS WILL ACCOMPANY HIS MEDALS. 

ON THE 3rd JUNE 1917  IT WAS OFFICIALLY REPORTED THAT TED HAD BEEN TAKEN PRISONER OF WAR BY THE GERMANS.  AFTER 7 MONTHS IT WAS HEARD THAT TED HAD ESCAPED INTERNMENT IN GERMANY, AND ON 13th OCTOBER 1917 NEWS FROM HOLLAND CONFIRMED THIS.  FOLLOWING A DEBRIEF AND MEDICAL, TED WAS GIVEN 2 MONTHS LEAVE IN UK. 

AFTER RECUPERATION, TED WAS RE-MUSTERED AND GIVEN THE NUMBER  242042.  HE WAS PROMOTED TO ACTING PROVOST SERGEANT AT A HOLDING UNIT IN UK. 

TED WAS DEMOBBED IN JULY 1919 AT YORK.  FOR HIS REMARKABLE FEAT OF ESCAPING FROM THE GERMANS AND ENDURING GREAT HARDSHIP IN REACHING SAFETY WITH THE ALLIES, TED WAS AWARDED THE MILITARY MEDAL.  IT WAS GAZETTED ON 30th JANUARY 1920

AT A SPECIAL CEREMONY AT KIPPAX, TED WAS PRESENTED WITH A GOLD MEDAL(WHEREABOUTS UNKNOWN)  AND HAILED A HERO BY FAMILY AND FRIENDS.  A PRESS CUTTING ABOUT THIS ACCOMPANIES ALL THE PAPERWORK YOU WILL RECEIVE. 

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« Reply #107 on: December 30, 2011, 06:18:28 PM »
 2nd LIEUT. S.A. FITCH. '

Stephen Arthur Fitch came from Tunbridge Wells in Kent.

He served in WWI with 30 Field Ambulance, R.A.M.C. which was attached to 10th (Irish) Division, and he first enters the Theatre of War in Egypt on 27 July 1915.

On 28 January 1916 (London Gazette) 33542 Corporal S.A. Fitch was mentioned by General Sir Ian Hamilton in his dispatch dated 11 December 1915:

"For gallant and distinguished services in the Field"
On 11 March 1916 (London Gazette), 33542 Corporal S.A. Fitch was awarded the Distinguished Conduct Medal for his actions with the Ambulance at Suvia Bay (Gallipoli), with his citation reading as follows:
"For conspicuous gallantry and devotion to duty at Suvla Bay on 23rd August 1915, when he went out under heavy fire to collect the wounded."

On 19 March 1918 (London Gazette) Sergeant S.A. Fitch was awarded the Military Medal in the Egyptian Theatre for further gallantry in the Field.

On 15th June 1918, Stephen A Fitch, DCM, MM was commissioned into the Indian Army Reserve of Officers as a Second Lieutenant (London Gazette 2 November 1918). The Army Lists for November 1918 and April 1919 also confirm this.

R.A.M.C. Field Ambulance Units of the 10th (Irish) Division.

The 30th, 31st and 32nd Field Ambulances R.A.M.C. were formed for the 10th Division in Ireland in August 1914
In May 1915 they were moved to England and concentrated around the Basingstoke area.
On 27 June 1915 the Division received orders to prepare for service on Gallipoli.
6-7 August 1915 : Landed on Gallipoli at Suvla Bay, less 29th Brigade, which went to ANZAC Cove.
29 September 1915: Moved to Mudros, and on 4-5 October to Salonika, landing there 5-10 October.
18 August 1917, the Division was ordered to concentrate at Salonika for embarkation.
Early in September 1917 the 10th Irish Division moved to Egypt, completing their assembly near Rafa by 16 October 1917.

The Division was involved in the Palestine campaign thereafter between April and June 1918, and after this a major re-organisation took place with many British units being replaced by Indian ones, and Fitch's 30 Field Ambulance was one of them.

When 30th, 31st and 32nd Field Ambulances were replaced by Indian units, they handed over all stores and equipment to the 154th, 166th and 165th Camel Field Ambulances. In December 1918 they were based around Cairo, and eventually left Egypt on 20 May 1919, returning to base. It appears very likely that Fitch then stayed-on with the Indian units in Egypt as a newly commissioned 2nd Lieutenant.

The only minor discrepancy in these documents is that someone has written his name as Sidney on his Medal Index Card, yet his London Gazette entries for his commission etc give his name as Stephen Arthur Fitch, DCM, MM. His Medal Index Card also confirms these dates he was commissioned and no other officers served in the Great War named S.A. Fitch.

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« Reply #108 on: January 19, 2012, 02:43:07 PM »
‘3187 B.S MJR. W.G. SANDYS. R.G.A.’
The Military Medal was instituted on 25 March 1916 to be awarded to non-commissioned officers and other ranks for acts of bravery worthy of especial recognition but not meriting the award of the Distinguished Service Medal and was the equivalent of the Military Cross awarded to officers. The Medal became redundant in 1993 when the award of the Military Cross was extended to all ranks.
 
Battery Sergeant Major William Sandys, M.M., M.S.M. was a regular soldier who enlisted in February 1899.
From 1914 to 1916 he was engaged on what the National Roll of the Great War describes as ‘important home duties’ which seem to have been as part of the batteries defending Portsmouth naval base. In 1916 he was sent to the Western Front and fought on the Somme and at Arras and Cambrai. He was awarded the Military Medal for conspicuous bravery in the field (London Gazette: 20 August 1919) and the Meritorious Service Medal (London Gazette: 18 January 1919) and was also entitled to the British War Medal 1914-1920 and the Inter-Allied Victory Medal 1914-1919. After the War, he returned to Portsmouth and joined 154th Siege Battery.

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« Reply #109 on: January 20, 2012, 12:19:10 PM »
*WW1 BRITISH ARMY MILITARY MEDAL GALLANTRY MEDAL GROUP HONOURABLE ARTILLERY COY*

 599 DVR. H. W. DAVIES, H.A.C.

BRIEFLY, DAVIES WAS AWARDED THE MM ON THE 14/5/19 FOR UNLOADING A BURNING WAGON FULL OF HIGH EXPLOSIVE SHELLS WHILST UNDER TURKISH SHELL FIRE. HE WAS IN B BATTERY, HAC, 19TH BRIGADE, RHA. HE CAME FROM EAST FINCHLEY, LONDON, JOINING THE HAC ON THE 16/12/14, SERVED OVERSEAS WITH B BATTERY HAC 9/4/15 TO 1919. WHILST ISERVING OVERSEAS, HE WAS ONE OF 6 NCO'S WHO WERE URGED TO TAKE UP A COMMISSION, BUT ALL REFUSED IN ORDER TO REMAIN IN THE HONOURABLE ARTILLERY COMPANY. INTERESTINGLY, DAVIES AND B BATTERY IN APRIL 1918 WERE ALSO SERVING ALONGSIDE THE 4TH AUSTRALIAN LIGHT HORSE BRIGADE IN THE CROSSING OF THE JORDAN RIVER

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« Reply #110 on: January 22, 2012, 06:02:28 AM »

WW1 MILITARY MEDAL F BRAVERY IN THE FIELD.BELIEVED FOR THE MENIN ROAD RIDGE 20-24TH SEPT 1917
AWARDED TO FREDERICK WILLIAM DUGAN GUNNER 645240 . FORMALLY GUNNER 265 R.F.A.TERRRITORIAL FORCE.

1ST WESSEX BRIGADE ROYAL FIELD ARTILLERY ATTACHED TO THE 51ST DIVISIONAL AMMUNITION COLUMN.
LONDON GAZETTE14/1/1918
COMES WITH A DETAILED BOUND OLDER OF RESEARCH INCLUDES:

MEDAL INDEX CARD, 1914/15 STAR AND BRITISH WAR MEDAL/VICTORY MEDAL ROLS. LONDON GAZETTE ENTRY, DETAILS ON THE DIVISION, B/M/D DETAILS, 1901 AND 1911 CENSUS DETAILS, FAMILOY TREE DETAILS, BIRTH AND MARRIAGE CERTIFICATES, ( NEWLY ORDERED).

BORN 13/11/1895 PORTSMOUTH HE WAS AN ACCOUNTANCY CLERK. MARRIED 1921 IVY REEVES .
I BELIEVE THAT THERE MAY BE A WRITE UP IN A LOCAL NEWSPAPERS ABOUT HIS AWARD BUT I HAVE BEEN UNABLE TO GET TO THE PORTSMOUTH ARCHIVES TO VERIFY THIS

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« Reply #111 on: January 24, 2012, 08:09:59 AM »
HERE WE HAVE AN ORIGINAL FULL SIZE WW1 MILITARY MEDAL '' 113449 SJT S.A GOODE K SPEC COY R.E ''. OFFICIAL ALTERATION TO THE INITIAL S. THE MEDAL COMES WITH SOME RESEARCH AND A WRITE UP ON SGT COODE '' H.M KING GEORGE APPROVED THE AWARD OF THE MILITARY MEDAL TO CORPORAL SIDNEY A. GOODE FROM BIRMINGHAM NOTICE OF WHICH WAS GIVEN IN THE LONDON GAZETTE ON 4TH FEBRUARY 1918, FOR BRAVERY IN THE FIELD DURING GAS ATTACKS ON THE GERMAN TRENCHES FROM 1915 ONWARDS IN THE FIRST WORLD WAR. CORP GOODE WAS ASSIGNED TO SPECIAL COMPANY K OF THE SPECIAL BRIGADE OF THE ROYAL ENGINEERS AND LED A TEAM RESPONSIBLE FOR DISCHARGING POISONOUS GAS FROM CANISTERS OF CHLORINE & OTHER GASES FROM BRITISH TRENCHES TOWARDS THE ENEMY FORCES.
 HE WAS PREVIOUSLY WITH THE 14TH ROYAL WARWICKSHIRE REG. CORPRAL GOODE ALONG WITH OTHERS IN THE SPECIAL BRIGADE DISEMBARKED IN FRANCE ON 14TH SEPTEMBER 1915. CORPORAL GOODE WAS PROMOTED TO SERGEANT AND THE END OF THE WAR WAS TRANSFERED TO Z RESERVE ON 26TH FEBRUARY 1919. HE WAS ENTITLED TO THE MILITARY MEDAL, 1914-15 STAR, BRITISH WAR MEDAL AND VICTORY MEDAL ''. THE MEDAL COMES WITH RESEARCH AND A ROYAL ENGINEERS CAP BADGE, THIS MEDAL WAS PURCHASED IN 2006 FOR £335, BIDDING STARTS AT 99P....I AM LISTING A COLLECTION OF MEDALS THIS WEEK, I WILL COMBINE POSTAGE. £5.35 U.K OR £7.49 WORLDWIDE FOR A SINGLE MEDAL OR A QUANTITY.PLEASE SEE PHOTOS FOR MORE DETAILS. WE POST WORLDWIDE. SORRY NO BUY IT NOW...

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« Reply #112 on: January 26, 2012, 07:12:06 AM »
A MILITARY MEDAL GROUP TO A SOLDIER KILLED IN ACTION AN FORGOTTEN BY HIS HOME TOWN.

MILITARY MEDAL

CORRECTLY NAMED TO:

L-3941 GNR J GREENHALGH B.165 /BDE R.F.A.

1914/15 STAR AND BRITISH WAR MEDAL

CORRECTLY NAMED TO

L-3941 GNR J GREENHALGH R.F.A. (R.A ON THE BWM)

HE WAS AWRDED THE MILITARY MEDAL FOR EXTINGUISHING A BURNING DUMP OF AMMUNITION WHILST THE BATTERY WAS BEING HEAVILY SHELLED ON THE 28TH AUGUST 1917.

HE WAS KILLED AS A RESULT OF GUN SHOT WOUNDS TO THE ABDOMEN AND DIED ON THE 28TH SEPTEMBER 1917.   BURIED IN DUISANS BRITISH CEMETERY

THE SON OF MR J GREENHALGH OF 3 SMETHURST ST, BOLTON, LANCS.

INCLUDED ARE COPIES OF THE REPORTS OF HIS MILITARY MEDAL AND DEATH INCLUDING PHOTOS FROM THE LOCAL PAPER.

IN 2011 IT CAME TO LIGHT HIS NAME HAD BEEN OMITTED FROM THE BOLTON WAR MEMORIAL AND A CAMPAIGN WAS STARTED TO RECTIFY THE MISTAKE, INCLUDED IS A COPY LETTER FROM DAVID CRAUSBY MP AND SUBSEQUENT ARTICLES REPORTING THAT JOHN GREENHALGH'S NAME WAS TO BE ADDED TO THE BOLTON WAR MEMORIAL.

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« Reply #113 on: February 29, 2012, 03:16:40 PM »
Military Medal ( GV) ( 266561 L/Cpl J Santos 1/7 L’POOL  R.-T.F.)  British War Medal and Victory (4227 Pte J Santos L’POOL R.)
Awarded MM Fighting in FRANCE,
http://www.liverpoolregt.co.uk/Santos_266561.html
 
SANTOS, Lance Corporal, J, Military Medal, 266561. 7th Battalion. King's Liverpool Regiment. 3rd June 1918. Age 35. Son of the late Hypolito and Annie Santos; husband of Grace Mary Santos, of 503, Southdown Rd., Liverpool. I. U. 440. (Liverpool (Anfield) Cemetery - United Kingdom)

Born 22/8/83. Husband of Grace Mary Santos of 7 Olivedale Rd, Mossley Hill later of 503 Smithdown Rd, Liverpool - they had one son Reginald Josph Santos b. 1/1/15. Enlisted Bootle 22/5/15. Aged 31years 9 months at enlistment, address 7 Olivedale Rd, Mossley Hill, occupation joiner, height 5' 7" with good physical development. He has previously served in 4 VB KLR and 7 KLR for 12 years attaining the rank of Col Sgt being voluntarily discharged in March 1912. Appointed unpaid L/Cpl 15/12/16. Reverted to Pte on crossing to France (Folkestone - Boulogne) 24/11/16. Joined 24 Infantry Base Depot (Etaples) 24/11/16. Joined 7 KLR in the Field 13/12/16. Appointed unpaid L/Cpl 15/12/16. Appointed paid L/Cpl 11/7/17. Wounded (gsw l hand - mild) 31/7/17 and admitted to 2/1 Wessex Field Ambulance. Admitted 46 Casualty Clearing Station (Remy Siding) 31/7/17. Admitted 18 General Hospital (Camiers) 1/8/17. Joined 6 Convalescent Depot (Etaples) 4/8/17. Joined 24 Infantry Base Depot (Etaples) 6/8/17. Rejoined Battalion 28/8/17. To 3 Army Gas School 15/10/17. Rejoined Battalion 20/10/17. Granted Class 2 proficiency pay @ 3d per day 22/5/17. Granted Class 1 proficiency pay 1/7/17. Granted leave to UK 19/12/17 to 2/1/18. He fell ill on 6/1/18 complaining of sickness and headache. Awarded the Military Medal gazetted 14/1/18. Admitted 1/3 West Lancs Field Ambulance 20/1/18 (TB of lung). Admitted 12 Stationary Hospital (St Pol) 21/1/18 (phthsis). Transferred to 3 Canadian General Hospital (Etaples). To UK 26/1/18 on the HS Stad Antwerpen and admitted to No 2 Eastern General Hospital, Brighton. Discharged 24/3/18. He served with 'A' Coy. Died 3/6/18. (Soldiers Papers - National Archives)

1901 Census Class: RG13; Piece: 3504; Folio: 30; Page: 5.
Joseph Santos
Occupation joiner's apprentice
Age: 17
Address : 10 Britannia Ave, Wavertree
Estimated birth year: abt 1884
Relation: Brother
Gender: Male
Where born: Liverpool,
Robert B Santos 25, fishmonger's assistant, b. Liverpool
Sarah A Santos 21, b. Liverpool
Mattie Santos 19, b. Liverpool
Polito Santos 13, b. Liverpool

1891 Census Class: RG12; Piece: 2915; Folio 40; Page 10; GSU roll: 6098025.
Joseph Santos
Age: 8
Address 22 Mona St Liverpool
Estimated birth year: abt 1883
Relation: Son
Father's Name: Hypolito Santos, 48, mariner, born Cape De Vere
Mother's Name: Ann Santos, 39, b. Flintshire
Gender: Male
Where born: Liverpool
Robert Bell Santos 16, cab driver, b. Liverpool
Sarah Santos 12, b. Liverpool
Matzine Santos 9, b. Liverpool
Polito Santos 3, b.

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Re: THE MILITARY MEDAL ROLL 1914 -1919
« Reply #114 on: March 12, 2012, 05:47:01 PM »
 very rare British War Medal and Victory Medal Welsh Guards pair, correctly named  in impressed capitals PTE C SENDEY W GDS who was entitled to the Military Medal. The British War Medal and Victory Medal are in fantastic condition and the Victory Medal still has the full gold flash plating - and therefore retains its original colour.

Also included is copy of his service record and medal index card.He was gassed twice.

The pair is mounted on a WW1 medal mounting bar with a jewelers copy name erased Military Medal.

Private Sendey is named in the Welsh Guards History as leading from the front in the Welsh Guards last engagement of the War in November 1918 at Bavai. All those named won the Military Medal, so this must be where Sendey won his. I have done a full write up detailing his civil;ianand military history:-

CHARLES GEORGE SENDEY - WELSH GUARDS

Charles George Sendey was born on 31st July 1892. He attested into the army on 10th December 1915, and was placed into the Army Reserve, to be called upon when required. He was mobilized on 18th September 1916 and was posted to the Welsh Guards, being given the army number 3069.

His description was:- apparent age 26 years 5 months, height 5 feet 7 ¾ inches, chest 36 inches (with 2 ½ inches of expansion). Sendey‘s religion was Wesleyan and his occupation a farmer labourer. His address was 8 Mason Street, Litherland (a suburb of Liverpool). His next of kin was given as his mother, Mrs Harriet Sendey of Dean Prior, Buckfastleigh, Devon.

After over a year spent in England, during which time he trained as a signaller, Sendey embarked from Southampton on 31st January 1917 to join the Welsh Guards. He was part of their 19th draft. He disembarked from Havre on 1st February 1917 and would have been sent to the Guards Division Base Depot to undergo further training. He joined the 1st Battalion Welsh Guards in the field on 20th February 1917.

The 1st Battalion Welsh Guards were part of the 3rd Guards Brigade, together with the 4th Battalion Grenadiers, 2nd Battalion Scots and 1st Battalion Grenadier Guards.

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Private Sendey was gassed on 17th October 1917, initially receiving treatment at No 3 Field Ambulance. He was admitted to 6 General Hospital at Rouen on 19th October and was then evacuated to England on 5th November.

He remained in England for nearly five months before embarking from Southampton on 31st March 1918 to re-join the Welsh Guards. He disembarked from Havre on 1st April to become part of the Welsh Guards 32nd draft. He joined the Guards Division Reinforcement Battalion in the field on 6th April, and re-joined the 1st Battalion Welsh Guards in the field the following day, 7th April.

Private Sendey was gassed for a second time on 17th September 1918 and was admitted to No 19 Casualty Clearing Station in Boulogne on the same day. He was admitted to 1 Convalescent Depot, also in Boulogne on 25th September, and then to 10 Convalescent Depot in on 27th September.

After recovering he transferred to the Guards Division Base Depot at Harfleur on 6th October, and re-joined the 1st Battalion Grenadier Guards in the field on 18th October.

Although the war was entering it’s final stage, Sendey was about to take part in the action for which he would be awarded the Military Medal.

The last action of WW1 for the Welsh Guards was the attack on Bavai in the first week of November 1918. Even though so late in the war the Battalion suffered casualties of one officer and ninety three other ranks. Sendey is mentioned by name as one of the men who led the attack.

To quote the Battalion History:-

This engagement near Bavai was entirely L. F. Ellis's and No. 3 Company's fight. At the start from Amfroi- pret, Coleman had advanced, with his company extended, through the hedges dividing the country on the left of the railway. Battye, following Coleman, had attacked Buvignies from the south, and had found but a few of the enemy there. Ellis then arrived, and, forming up his company on the east of the village, advanced in the direction of Prehert Farm. Visibility was extremely bad owing to the fine, misty rain which continued all day. Working through the hedges — the boundaries of the fields in this part of the country were partly wire but mostly hedges — he soon got in touch with the enemy on the railway. Ellis was a little man who indulged at times in quick, Nov. 1918] BAVAI 281 fretful outbursts of temper. All previous conversations and instructions indicated a quick advance, a hustling of the enemy. The railway was not a long way from Buvignies, and when Ellis found the leading platoon of his company checked he went forward to see what waa happening. There was a lot of noise going on from enemy machine guns firing out of the mist in front of him and from Bavai on his left, but at the moment no- thing from the railway, some fifty yards in front of the bank and hedge behind which his platoons were lying. He found a consultation going on as to what should be done, and was informed that the railway cutting was held. Immediately he lost his temper and began to fume. '* Nonsense ! there is no one there,'' said he, and pushing through the hedge, ran across the inter- vening fifty yards, and jumped into the cutting. He found himself in the middle of about thirty Germans. He had nothing but his walking-stick, which he flour- ished. At that moment there was a loud report over his head and a German fell. Another report, then several more in quick succession. L/Cpl. E. Gordon and L/Sergt. W. Jones had, fortunately for Ellis, followed him as soon as they had seen what he was doing, and from the top of the bank were firing at the enemy. Gordon was one of the best shots in the battalion, and Jones, though not so good, could scarcely miss at such close range. The Germans were startled, confused, and ran, but Jones accounted for five and Gordon for six before they reached the protection of an adjacent hedge and the favouring mist. The whole company were now streaming into the cutting, and Ellis was stamping up and down telling them not to bunch. Without giving them breathing- time he led the way over the opposite bank and through the first hedge. Facing him was a long, gentle slope with wire fencing to the fields. Almost at the top of the rise the enemy were entrenched in " slits," and to gain this ground there was a lot of fighting of an exciting character. Ellis had fired his men, and they advanced up the slope in short rushes. A lot of ammunition was 282 THE ADVANCE [Chap. XIX expended, but the casualties were surprisingly few. Ellis personally led a Lewis Gun team, and when the No. 1 was shot through the neck, worked the gun him- self. Powell was killed trying to rush a light machine gun, and at his heels Pte. Hammond, who for a long time had been Humphrey Dene's orderly. L/Cpl. Gordon was shot through the leg, but lay on his back firing over his feet like a Bisley marksman — Gordon's shooting undoubtedly did much to shake the enemy. He was a very cool man, and claims twelve " kills " that day. Pte. Arthur Thomas, too, though wounded in the face, continued firing his Lewis Gun. The enemy were either killed or they ran, and Prehert Farm was reached. Ellis then proceeded to clear the immediate neigh- bourhood of the farm, and quite a game of hide-and-seek went on amongst the small orchards and hedged pad- docks surrounding the place. It could almost be said that the men " enjoyed " this fighting. With Bavai held, the position of the company had to be considered. Coleman, with No. 2 Company, should have been forwarded on Ellis's right, but Coleman was searching for the Grenadiers on his right and waiting for them to advance. The whole original scheme of attack was based on the right of the line keeping forward, whereas the left had shot away well in advance. J. Ellis, who had been sent up with the Prince of Wales's Company, now got in touch with L. F. Ellis (Squifi) and relieved his anxiety as to his Bavai flank. In due course Gwynne Jones reached Coleman, and No. 2 Company advanced on the right. From the farm to the main road the advance was slow — a matter of working steadily from hedge to hedge in face of stiffer resistance. The left flank was fed until only headquarters held the surroundings of Buvignies. In the patrol work to his front and towards Bavai " Squifl " Ellis showed the greatest skill. He had not enough men to risk further adventure, and was ordered to stand fast ; but he marked each enemy post and each retire- ment was known to him at once. He first got in touch with a French civilian on the very outskirts of Bavai THE LAST ACTION. Nov. 1918] BAVAI 283 soon after midnight, and the town Was entered about 2 a.m. the following day. We have mentioned 872 L/Cpl. E. Gordon, 756 L/Sergt. W. M. Jones, and 3,093 Pte. A. Thomas. Others who led were— 1,465 L/Cpl. S. White, Ptes. 3,275 R. F. Charnley, 3,861 G. W. Snell, 624 L/Cpl. A. Raisley, 834 L/Cpl. W. C. Gardener, Ptes. 3,555 I. H. Owen, 974 C. Thomas, and 3,069 C. G. Sendy, and there were many more. Casualties were one officer, ninety-three other ranks.

His Military Medal is Gazetted in The London Gazette 23rd July 1919.

Sendey was granted leave to the UK from 13th February until 27th February 1919. He did not return to Germany and he transferred to the Reserve Battalion on 27th February 1919, and transferred to Class Z of the Army Reserve on 16th October 1919.

Charles Sendey married Agnes Harrison in 1926. Agnes died in Liverpool in 1971, aged approximately 71. Charles died in 1974, also in Liverpool, aged approximately 82.

 

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« Reply #115 on: March 25, 2012, 07:42:52 AM »
Original full size Victory medal impressed M2-203830 PTE. H. SKILBECK. A.S.C.

Herbert Skilbeck, born in 1883, married to Florence Lettey at Heaton Baptist Chapel, Bradford, living Quarry House, Snainton, South Yorkshire with their young daughter, Florence Jane.

Mobilised 30th August 1916 and posted overseas to Mesopotamia (Iraq) as an Acting Lance Corporal attached to the 14th Light Armoured Motor Battery (L.A.M.B.), Machine Gun Corps (Motors).

Herbert died on 26 May 1919 from a gun shot wound to the abdomen received in action. He was buried in the Baghdad (North Gate) War Cemetery, Iraq.

Five weeks later his Millitary Medal announcement was printed in the London Gazette dated July 3, 1919;

His Majesty the KING has been graciously pleased to approve of the award of the Military Medal for bravery in the Field to the undermentioned Warrant Officers, Non-Commissioned Officers and Men : -
Royal Army Service Corps.
M2/203830 Pte. Skilbeck, H. (Grantham) (MESOPOTAMIA)

Medal in overall good condition but has a blob of verdigreis encrustation on obverse (see pics). Sold with full guarantee of authenticity plus London Gazette announcement and four sheets of pension papers saved as pdf files plus a paperback copy of the book “Armoured Cars in Eden”  written by Kermit Roosevelt M.C., son of American President Theodore Roosevelt, an account of his time with 14th L.A.M.B.

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« Reply #116 on: March 26, 2012, 08:39:48 AM »
Four Medals. Military Medal.15271. Pte S. Pinder. 24/Manc. R. 1914-15 Star.15272. Pte S. Pinder. Manc R. ( Mancherster ).
1914-18. British Silver Medal.1914-19 Victory Medal.
15272. Pte S. Pinder. Manchester Regiment. Citation States:- 15271. Privatw Samuel Pinder, M.M. 24th (Service) Battalion, Manchester Regiment, ( Oldham Pals). A. Company 2 Platoon. Samuel Pinder was born in 1896 and lived with his Mother at 15 Neath Street, Oldham. Before enlisting he was employed as a T00l Fitter. He was wounded on October 22nd 1917, and February 2nd 1918. On October 22nd 1917, The Company to which Pinder belonged was heavily shelled near Dumbarton Lakes and incurred four casualties, including himself. Though badly wounded he picked up a Lance-Corporal who had been severely wounded and carried him out of the shelled area and dressed his wounds. Private Samuel Pinder was a qualified Lewis Gunner. He served for three years and nine months of which three years and two months were in the field. MM. London Gazette 23rd Febuary 1918. The condition of the medals are Very Fine medals mounted on Bar to wear.

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« Reply #117 on: April 09, 2012, 08:11:13 AM »
WW1 MM AND BAR AND MINIATURE ‘4269 PTE J.R.MURRAY. 8/AUS: INF’

 With Box of issue for bar to MM (damaged) and original ribbon.
James Roy Murray from Victoria, enlisted 7th Aug 1915.
Joined Batt in France 29th July 1916.
WIA 9th May 1917
WIA a second time 31st Aug 1918

Military Medal (Awarded) 'Conspicuous gallantry and resource, resulting in valuable services being rendered.' (East of Ypres 4 October 1917).

Recommendation - 'During the attack on BROODSEINDE RIDGE east of YPRES on 4th October, 1917, Pte. MURRAY did brilliant work in outflanking and rushing an enemy Machine Gun which was doing a lot of damage to our troops on the right flank. He bayoneted two of the Machine Gunners and captured the gun and two remaining men. His action was the means of saving many casualties and greatly facilitated the advance.'

Bar to Military Medal (Altered from Distinguished Conduct Medal) ‘Work at Herleville Wood on 23 August 1918.'

Recommendation – ‘For conspicuous gallantry and devotion to duty during the attack on Herleville Wood on 23rd August 1918. Through out the advance Corp Murray, did splendid work directing and leading his men , showing fine dash and courage in organising and leading a rush on a German post that was making a stubborn resistance.  He was afterwards placed in charge of a rations party and when returning to the lines was caught in a storm of gas shells. Though knocked down and gassed by the first shells himself, he still maintained control of his party and his prompt action in extending his men and keeping them at hand, not only saved many of them from casualty but was a means of reaching the front lines in tacked, Though suffering from gas and a severe shaking up, he continued on duty, refusing relief until he collapsed from the effects of gas.

Entitled to BWM/Vic, unclear if these were actually received

Fantastic fighting citations , 1 of only 9 MM and bars to 8th Battalion

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« Reply #118 on: April 14, 2012, 12:08:49 PM »
1914 star trio 4745 Pte R Moir 7/D Gds
Sjt on pair  MM 28614 Sjt R Moir 6/Som L I

He went to F/F with the 7th Dragoon Guards 15/8/1914
transfered to the A V C 16/2/1915
transfered to Somerset Light Infantry
LG for M M 11/2/1919 page 2087
he was from Selby

extract from war diary 6th (service Bn) Somerset Light Infantry
10/9/1918 Wet,Patrol reconnoited wire in front of Railway Cottage,found a hidden belt there.Serjeant Moir sniped one German in Machine Gun post.
Srg Moir went to the reserve 7/2/1919

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« Reply #119 on: April 15, 2012, 08:17:28 AM »
The RARE & HIGHLY DESIRABLE “PASSCHENDAELE 1917" MILITARY CROSS, WAR & VICTORY MEDAL TRIO to a CANADIAN SASKATCHEWAN Regiment LIEUTENANT (Later Captain) LESLIE MARTIN who won this M.C at CREST FARM, PASSCHENDAELE 30th OCTOBER 1917, when he personally stormed a series of fortified shellholes, CAPTURING THE WHOLE GERMAN GARRISON, & later with all other Officers dead or badly wounded, took command of his Company under heavy fire on the final objective. Later appointed Acting CAPTAIN, he was WOUNDED in 1918 & discharged that year.

Consists of MILITARY CROSS (GvR) - Unnamed as awarded, the British War Medal & Victory Medal, both correctly named to CAPT. L. MARTIN.

All on old, silk ribands with the Two Original NAMED medal boxes & brown paper packets.

LESLIE MARTIN of the SASKATCHEWAN REGIMENT Group (28th Bn, 46th Bn, 1st C.M.R).

Leslie was commissioned Lieutenant on 16th June 1917, & served in France & Flanders with the Saskatchewan Regiment, of the famous CANADIAN CORPS. He led his Platoon of 50 men into action for the first time on 26th October 1917 in the Canadian’s first attempt to capture PASSCHENDAELE village. The battlefield was a morass of liquid mud. Attacking uphill against enemy pillboxes, in terrible conditions the assault failed with heavy losses.

The Canadians reorganised, & under pouring rain Leslie Martin & his Company attacked again on 30th OCTOBER. Despite the weather, the mud, they made some progress until a hail of German machine gun fire coming from a series of sandbagged shell holes pinned them down. His London Gazette notice of 28th December 1917, & the Citation of 28th April, for the award of the MILITARY CROSS takes up the story.....

MILITARY CROSS

CANADIAN FORCES

- Lt. Leslie Martin. Infy.

"FOR CONSPICUOUS GALLANTRY & DEVOTION TO DUTY. HE LED HIS MEN WITH GREAT COOLNESS IN THE ATTACK, & WHEN HELD UP BY A SERIES OF FORTIFIED SHELL-HOLES, HE RUSHED FORWARD, CAPTURED THE ENTIRE GARRISON, & ENABLED THE ADVANCE TO CONTINUE.

HE TOOK COMMAND OF HIS COMPANY ON THE FINAL OBJECTIVE WHEN HIS COMPANY COMMANDER BECAME A CASUALTY, & ORGANISED THE CONSOLIDATION UNDER HEAVY FIRE. HE SHOWED SPLENDID COURAGE & LEADERSHIP”.

Lieutenant Martin was appointed Acting Captain at some point in 1918, & appears to have been wounded & discharged that same year, confirmed by his only Officer List entry - December 1917.

This fine group comes which includes copy entries from the London Gazette for M.C notice & Citation, Officer List, Gallantry Awards & Canadian Division details.

In Nearly Extremely Fine Condition.